Coming up in May 2018 is Wild Twins, a new workshop with Paul Kingsnorth for writers and artists of all kinds. We aim to re-wild our work in this place at Europe’s far Atlantic edge. Click here for details.
During Spring and Autumn 2017 I taught on Fire and Shadow, an eight month long Dark Mountain course. We made archaic materials out in the wild, and took as much time in making them around the fire as using them. So much response and comment nowadays is instant, it’s like a running commentary in everyone’s heads, reflected on their devices. These materials slow us down, in the best way, we become absorbed in the moment: art and writing at walking pace. It was a great pleasure to work with Way Of Nature UK . Making quills and oak gall ink in Alladale, Scotland, then writing in our hand made books, which brought back the sound of the scriptorium to our modern ears, a lost sound, regained by our work together as we wrote. In Romania I brought ochre, chalk and charcoal and we worked with the alchemical triad of red, black and white, alongside the story of The Lindwurm, which worked it magic on us in the wilds of this beautiful place. Thanks to photographer Natasha Lythgoe for the use of some of her photos below, as tagged.
In January 2017 I taught a ‘primitive and natural paints and brushes’ workshop at An Teach Soar (The Happy Pig) in Ireland. I returned in July to teach bark containers, pouch-making from natural materials and other prim-tech art kit topics. I currently teach 121 sessions for making birch and ash bark containers, hand sewn books, natural cordage, quill making and painting on buckskin or parchment at my home on The Thames, near Hampton Court Palace.
Bark boxes & buckskin and felt pouches, July 2017, Tynagh.
Natural Materials, quill pens and brushes, The Happy Pig, January 2017
In the 1990s I taught as a visiting Painting tutor at Degree courses in Norwich and Sunderland, as well as on the BTEC at Bournemouth. For three years from 2000 I taught life drawing in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire both in FE and Adult Education, until I moved back to England. I also taught art, painting and crafts to groups of both younger and older children near Huntly. I have since taught several more life drawing workshops for adults in the North East of Scotland, as well as private classes in and around London.
I have a current enhanced DBS Disclosure certificate which allows me to work with children and people with special needs, or vulnerable adults. I greatly enjoy passing on what I have learned and practised. Please get in touch if you would like me to run a session for you, your group or business. Topics could include drawing from the figure, still life, drawing outdoors, colour theory, sketch-booking, a huge selection of natural and primitive materials production and use, as well as many other related crafts.
Below are a few of my drawings from life 1990-2017, in many different media, scales, and varying in duration from 1 minute to 5 hours. I encourage students to find their own way with materials, style and approach.